Julian Assange has accused Harrods of secretly helping police to spy on him in his embassy hideout.
The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy opposite the department store for three years.
In an interview, he claimed that Scotland Yard had developed a ‘relationship’ with Harrods, adding: ‘We have obtained documents from Harrods [saying that] police have people stationed 24 hours a day in some of the opposing buildings Harrods controls.’
The 44-year-old, who also fears he is being bugged, has lived at the embassy in London’s Knightsbridge since Ecuador gave him asylum in 2012.
The British Government wants to extradite him to Sweden under a European Arrest Warrant where he faces questioning over an allegation of rape made by a woman he met during a visit to the country in 2010.
No charges have been brought because he has not been interrogated by police. Prosecutors have run out of time to investigate Mr Assange on separate allegations of sexual assault.
Mr Assange says if he is sent to Sweden he will be extradited to the US, where he could face 35 years in prison for publishing classified documents related to US activities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Following denial that it was for sale, Harrods was sold to Qatar Holdings, the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatarin May 2010. A fortnight previously, chairman of Harrods since 1985, Mohamed Al-Fayed, had stated that “People approach us from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar. Fair enough. But I put two fingers up to them. It is not for sale. This is notMarks and Spencer or Sainsbury’s. It is a special place that gives people pleasure. There is only one Mecca.”
The sale was concluded in the early hours of 8 May, when Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thanicame to London to finalise the deal, saying that the acquisition of Harrods would add “much value” to the investment portfolio of Qatar Holdings while his deputy, Hussain Ali Al-Abdulla, called it a “landmark transaction”
qatar..would they work with the UK police and US government agencies?..you already know the answer..
“he claimed that Scotland Yard had developed a ‘relationship’ with Harrods”